The sister of deceased actor Michael Clarke Duncan has hired a lawyer to investigate whether her brother was unduly influenced when he changed his will several months before his death.
Duncan, best known for his role in The Green Mile, died last September at age 54 after a heart attack suffered two months previously. He had changed his will in April of 2012 in order to leave the bulk of his estate to his fiancée, Omarosa Manigault, noted Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice contestant.
According to TMZ, Duncan’s sister Judy, who was left $100,000 in Duncan’s will, has also said that Manigault sold some of Duncan’s personal effects while he was hospitalized without the family’s consent. Judy also alleges that when she saw her brother in December 2011, he was somewhat out of sorts, including slurring his words, which she may have mentioned to imply he may not have been of sound mind in April 2012 when he changed his will.
Manigault, however, as quoted at TMZ, maintains that she doesn’t “control the estate or the finances and Judy knows it. If you saw all of her emails and texts to me you would see that she is just trying to get money from me, and threatened going to the press if I did not give it to her and that is a crime!”
At this point, there has not been any formal challenge to Duncan’s will, but for more on what a will contest entails, have a look at What Does It Mean to Contest a Will?, which discusses who may contest a will as well as how and why a will contest may occur.